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Lega Mask Lukwakongo Congo African Art Custom Stand

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Title Lega Mask Lukwakongo Congo African Art Custom Stand
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Lega
Materials wood, pigment, vegetal fibers
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 10 inches H. mask only x 15 inches H. with stand x 7.75 inches W. x 4.5 inches Diam
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair wear, chips, flaking patina

Additional Information: Lega sculptures are usually carved in a highly distinctive style, with a heart-shaped concave face with a slightly bulging forehead, slit coffee-bean eyes and an open narrow mouth. The holes embellishing the forehead and ceecks  enhance its overall design. Lega masks such as this are known as Lukwakongo, and are a relatively standardized size. However this mask is larger than most Lega masks which identifies it with the upper two grades of the Lega Bwami secret society. The complex system of instruction, initiation, and advancement for both men and women in the Bwami society uses masks and figures to document the various levels of Bwami and to serve as badges validating the initiate s knowledge of the secrets of Bwami and of their rank. Through time Bwami initiates earn the privilege to wear and display masks that might be worn on their arms or faces or simply exposed on racks or on the ground indicating their rank before other Bwami society members. For the Lega the ultimate goal is to reach the uppermost level of Bwami where one would be recognized as a Kindi, a leader and also a moral and social authority to be honored with the right to wear or carry certain masks.

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